United Fire Group

Cedar Rapids, IA

DISASTER TYPE

Flood

PROJECT TYPE

Commercial Business

CASE STUDY

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CASE STUDY

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SERVICES PROVIDED

Disaster Response Planning

Site Safety

Water Mitigation Management

Site Demolition/Clean Up

Detailed Scope of Loss

General contracting Services

– Subcontractor Management

Expedited Project Completion

Regular Progress Reports

DISASTER

Water inundated United Fire’s three downtown buildings in Cedar Rapids when the Cedar River crested 20 feet above flood stage, completely filling basements and rising seven feet above street level. In order to allow United Fire to keep their business functioning, we assembled an exceptional team and were hard at work in just 48 hours.

 

RECOVERY

We sprayed foam decontaminant on all first-floor surfaces to allow rescue of critical office documents and equipment. Then, we used an innovative approach to cleaning without introducing additional water to the building—dry ice. We also removed asbestos from floor tile, adhesives and pipe insulation. After dewatering and decontaminating, we began collecting and freezing microfilm, microfiche and paper for restoration. After that, reconstruction began on an accelerated timeline.

 

RESULT

Two months after the flood, United Fire reoccupied the upper floors, and within six months—more than one week ahead of schedule—the building was complete. In addition to finishing ahead of schedule the project was completed $577,000 under budget.

“ I chose GC3 because of our prior positive experiences with the company and I believed that they understood our corporate culture and our desire to do things right.”

— Bruce K. Miller, VP of property claims